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This June, I joined 350 Mass as the Organizing Intern. I am originally from coastal Maine and I have been organizing for labor justice and climate justice over the past 4 years and I'm excited connect with you all over the next few months!
This past week, we took the streets, dog parks, neighborhoods, Dunkin entrances, and beyond, collecting the final signatures to get Transparency for Committee Votes and 100% Renewable Energy on the ballot in November.
It was a serious cross-node effort. To the tablers, runners, drivers, retweeters, e-signature sharers, friend bother-ers, and everyone else who put in time this past week and long before, thank you!
We're not stopping here. The ballot initiative campaign signatures are in town halls all over the state, and as we wait, we're continuing to push for our legislative priorities as we near the end of formal session. Learn how to help below.
Plus, there are ample opportunities to continue to show up in solidarity and support campaigns led by our partners. For instance, Raise Up Massachusetts asked us to show up to launch their Invest In Our Recovery campaign. You can learn more below.
In the words of doula, healer, and author adrienne maree brown, "I am a cell-sized unit of the human organism, and I have to use my life to leverage a shift in the system by how I am, as much as with the things I do... Each day should be lived on purpose."
Here's to a week full of purpose.
350 Mass Organizing Intern
** Contact your Rep Before July 31 to Support Comprehensive Climate Legislation
Now is the time to press the State House for comprehensive climate change legislation. The 2019-2020 legislative session is about to end, and we need to let our Representatives know that we're concerned about this issue. Set up a meeting with your rep or call them individually to voice your support for climate action before the July 31 deadline. See this document ([link removed]) to learn how to get the message to your Rep, what your message should convey, plus some context and background.
Virtual Rally for the 2050 Roadmap: Join Elders Climate Action, Mothers Out Front, and other allies for a virtual rally in support of two bills:
* H.3983 An Act to create a 2050 roadmap to a clean and thriving Commonwealth ([link removed])
* H.4264 An Act relative to environmental justice in the Commonwealth ([link removed]) Register here in advance. ([link removed]) Wed, Jul 15, 10 am
Write a Letter to the Editor: There has never been a better time to take part in 350 Mass' Letters to the Editor (LTE) team. Want to join? Email Alan Palm, Director of Organizing at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) to find out more. Our members have a great success rate in getting letters published!
Read 350 Mass member Deborah Hoffman's letter in the Salem News: Push Gas Companies to Repair Leaks ([link removed]) and Kerry Castonguay's letter in Worcester Telegram: Let's Get Serious about Preserving the Natural World ([link removed])
Take Action to Launch U.S. Offshore Wind Energy, Create Jobs, and Protect Wildlife: Send a message to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to show your support for responsibly developing the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind energy project as an important part of the United States’ energy future. Offshore wind energy can be developed responsibly, and this project in particular meets high standard for protecting vulnerable wildlife like the North Atlantic right whale. Sign the petition here. ([link removed])
Tell BlackRock To Divest from Fossil Fuels: BlackRock is the world's leading investor in fossil fuels. Send a postcard ([link removed]) urging CEO Larry Fink to be true to his words and "transform finance" in the face of the climate crisis.
Tax Day Actions with Raise Up Massachusetts: Starting on tax day, Invest in Our Recovery launch rallies will take place all across the state, demanding that the government invest in keeping frontline communities safe and healthy instead of cutting services because of low revenue this tax season. Find a nearby action here. ([link removed])
Support The Guaranteed Housing Stability Act: Support Bill HD.5166 ([link removed]) , An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery, in the Massachusetts State House. This bill will stop unjust evictions and foreclosures due to COVID-related debt, prevent rent hikes and no-fault evictions during the recovery, and help establish a Housing Stability & Recovery Fund to relieve small owners. See a guide and report your calls here. ([link removed])
Ask Governor Baker for an Equitable Reopening Response: The Governor's reopening policies have shown disregard for the health of Black & Latinx residents, low-wage workers, and those hardest hit by #COVID19. #StopTheClock & act now to implement policies that value the lives of those most impacted! Learn more here. (mapublichealth.org/covid19reopening)
M4BL Petition for an Equitable Recovery: The Movement for Black Lives and Black organizations from across the country are demanding a stop the spread and lasting harm of COVID-19 but also a recovery that benefits everyday people, not just big corporations. Sign the petition here. ([link removed])
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